The most commonly used tool in an audio engineer's toolkit is the venerable equalizer (EQ). Over the years, EQs have become a powerful creative tool and the most fundamental mixing and mastering device every engineer has at their disposal.
In part 1 of the series, The Study of EQ Controls, Grammy winner Fab Dupont teaches you what each knob's function does, and in this tutorial, he dives even deeper to teach how and when to skillfully apply any type of EQ.
Learn tricks and techniques that will help form or refine the foundation of how you approach EQing your mixes and masters.
Over the course of this hour-long tutorial, Fab Dupont explains:
The history of EQ choices and how they've evolved over the decades
How to recognize the sonic differences between analog and digital EQs
Learn to master the subtle differences between types of EQ and know when to best apply
Compare several common EQ topologies including Pultec, Neve, SSL
The classic boost + cut trick on the Pultec
Strategies for using fully parametric EQs without getting lost in endless parameters
Using multiple EQs to achieve a clear and focused mix that doesn't sound like mud
How to compensate for the tone of pieces of gear with transformers, tubes, etc
Find and eliminate frequencies, remove masks from your tracks for clearer and more powerful sounding mixes
Should EQ come before or after compression? Learn to recognize which way is best suited for a mix
How to hear subtle changes in tone to be sure the settings and techniques you're using are helping and not harming your mixes
By mastering these fundamental skills and techniques, you can keep your focus on the music, not the settings.
SSL Logic FX G383
UAD Pultec EQP-1A
UAD SSL E Channel Strip
UAD Neve 31102
UAD Helios 69
Flux:: Epure v3
Sonnox Oxford EQ + Filters
firstname.lastname@example.org •Sunday, September 3, 2023
this is the perfect course for someone who's been mixing for a while who wants to start really understanding the overarching concepts tying all this stuff together. this is a masterclass of understanding. within the first 3 minutes he had me completely re-thinking about EQ - remembering the time i put on "Harvest" on vinyl for the first time and going "a kick drum can sound like THAT?"
thank you Fab.
JoseBajo •Sunday, September 3, 2023
Como siempre, muy interesante. Buenísimo... Muchas gracias
High*5 •Sunday, July 16, 2023
There is a reason he is named 'Fab', you know?
Mrrokamusic •Monday, November 29, 2021
I have just joined PUREMIX and the first video has really helped me. Very insightful and made me think a lot. I would recommend this and I will be watching it again. Thank you.
Rudraksh •Sunday, June 13, 2021
Is it only me or does any of the other members think that the Uad Pultec and Hardware Neve sounded similiar, do reply???
geoffreyfo •Monday, May 17, 2021
Hello, thank you for the videos offered! Unfortunately, I am disappointed not to be able to follow this lesson because the translation is not offered in French, I cross the rights so that one day we can read it in French! Thanks again 1000 miles for your great videos! And There you go! ;) https://www.puremix.net/video/equalizer-strategy-philosophy.html
Tamko •Tuesday, May 4, 2021
I think, it's one of the best tutorials here, and I watched many.
DannyOwl •Monday, December 28, 2020
bcc.geeks •Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Not only a great engineer, but an excellent teacher! Incredible tutorial Fab.
gramonee •Sunday, December 13, 2020
The plug in sounds more "Dark"
françois-xavier.g •Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Fab is really Fabulous, it took him minutes to make me understand essentials that I did not understand in months with dozens of tutorials. Merci beaucoup Fab !
Arielp •Friday, November 27, 2020
Impress !! lot of information to absorb thanks fab
JorgeZM •Tuesday, May 5, 2020
OMG! So pro Fab! Thanks for ever
TilmanEberle •Wednesday, April 22, 2020
the uad pultec doesn't sound fatter than the hardware (at the least in the moment he is saying that) - quite the opposite!
leo.na •Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Great Maestro Fab!!! your explanation is awesome!! Thanks!